America, and the postmodern West in particular, are experiencing a moral and intellectual crisis, according to E. Robert Statham, Jr. In "The Constitution of Public Philosophy", Statham argues that Walter Lippman was correct in locating this crisis in the impoverished nature of public philosophy, and he attempts to constitute a role for reason in contemporary America. Statham suggests that the negative rule of law via a written constitution requires the positive rule of reason, or political philosophy, in order to flourish. He explores the tradition of reason in postmodern America, and argues that since Plato was correct in saying that philosophers should rule if justice is to be obtained, in a constitutional order philosophers rule indirectly by teaching citizens to rule themselves. This is an important contribution to the literature on political philosophy and American constitutionalism.
Author Biography: E. Robert Statham, Jr. is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Guam.
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About the Author
E. Robert Statham, Jr. is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Guam.
Table of Contents
chapter 1 The Crisis of Public Philosophy chapter 2 The Constitution of the Rule of Law: Justice as the Negation of Tyranny and the Preservation of Liberty chapter 3 The Crisis of Constitutionalism: Confronting the Intellectual and Moral Malaise of Liberty Absent Responsibility chapter 4 The 'Self-Refuting' American Science of Politics: Pragmatism, Democratic Pluralism, and the Depreciation of Public Philosophy chapter 5 Public Philosophy and the Indirect Rule of Philosopher Kings chapter 6 Constituting a Tradition of Reason Upon the Transcendental Standard of Nature chapter 7 Public Philosophy and Citizenship chapter 8 Public Philosophy and Public Policy chapter 9 The Constitution of Public Philosophy chapter 10 Notes chapter 11 Index